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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. MST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Residential customers of New Mexico's largest electric provider can expect to see an average increase of about 46 cents on their monthly bill beginning next month. Public Service Co. of New Mexico calculated the increase as part of a compliance filing made Tuesday with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Aside from the 2018 increase, residential customers can expect an additional monthly increase of about 42 cents in 2019.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in December, down from two consecutive months of 6.1 percent. The state jobless rate was at 6.7 percent in December 2016. It's still higher than the national unemployment of 4.1 percent, but labor officials say New Mexico for the 13th consecutive month recorded aggregate gains in the private sector that resulted in 10,800 jobs, or 1.3 percent growth.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico may take part in a fledgling effort to limit and regulate the role of money in elections and governance by amending the U.S. Constitution. State lawmakers are considering a pledge to help Congress ratify constitutional changes to regulate political spending. Heather Ferguson of the watchdog group Common Cause said Tuesday that the initiative is being introduced this year in a handful of states that include New Hampshire and Alabama.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A 34-year-old San Juan County woman is accused of over 140 counts of drug offenses and other crimes accusing her of fraudulently obtaining prescription medication at pharmacies. Farmington police say 34-year-old Christina Talamante of For a Vista allegedly used face names and the names of other people when calling to pharmacies and saying she was calling in opioid prescriptions from a doctor's office.

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